Is Your Teen Depressed or Moody?
Talking to your teen without you in the room.Your teen's pediatrician will have a nurse or a second party in attendance to ask them questions that they may feel uncomfortable saying in front of you due to being afraid of your reaction or causing you concern. You may get your feelings hurt to be asked to leave but think of the bigger picture of going to any lengths to provide your teen with the relief from the depression they are experiencing. If they need some privacy to get better, take the chance.
Patient Health Questionnaire - 9 (PHQ-9).The pediatrician will administer a few diagnostic questions that can provide better insight as to how severe the symptoms may be. Your teen will be asked about their mood, their appetite, their sleeping patterns, and any behavioral problems that may have arisen due to their depression. Doctors can better analyze your teen by using the 9-item module that can diagnose your teen with depression with 5 or more symptoms.
TreatmentMost pediatricians will start with therapy to treat a depressed teen. Therapy is a great tool to assess what a teen is going through with their specific mental health issues. Depression can be diagnosed through a chemical imbalance in the brain and some of these teens may require medication in severe cases, but pediatricians should only try medication as a last-ditch effort. Mental health is an important aspect to help your teen thrive in their adolescent years instead of mental and physical isolation. Use the expertise of your pediatrician to your advantage to help improve the quality of life for your teen to get them healthy.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center provides a clinically structured protocol with withdrawal management that is designed to specifically accommodate the needs of teenagers. We first help to remove the toxic chemicals out of the body and then move onto the treatment of the whole person.
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